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Women’s World Cup: Nigeria Qualifies For Last 16 and Latest Tables


PARIS - The Super Falcons on Thursday qualified for the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup for the first time in 20 years.
The Falcons have reached the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup just once before now, a quarter-final appearance in the competition in the United States in 1999.
They will confront former champions Germany in the last 16 of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in Grenoble on Saturday.
The Falcons qualified as one of the best losers to the round of 16 after finishing third in Group A behind France and Norway but had to endure a torrid time before confirming their place in the last 16 of the event.
The African champions had ended their Group A campaign with three points, courtesy of a 2-0 win over Korea Republic and losses to former champions Norway (3-0) and hosts France (1-0).
But they had to wait three days later after their final group game on Monday to know their fate.
And the Nigerians were almost left frustrated after Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses beat New Zealand 2-1, meaning they (Falcons) had to slip from third on the best third-placed teams table, to fourth.
A 3-0 win for Chile over Thailand would have ended the Falcons dreams of qualification but having led 2-0, the South Americans lost a penalty late on in dramatic fashion to hand the Nigerians a spot in the knockout stage.
The Chilean Women’s team were in tears as they fail to qualify for the Round of 16 of the ongoing Women’s World Cup in France, as Nigeria’s Super Falcons picked the last slot for second round.
Chile, with an inferior goal difference against the Nigerian side needed to win by 3-0 to seal qualification into the second round against Thailand.
After scoring the second goal in the 80th minute, Chile mounted more pressure knowing fully well that one more goal would see them through at the expense of Nigeria, but Thailand defended resolutely.
Chile got an opportunity to seal the game after a penalty was awarded following VAR decision, but Lara missed the penalty, hitting the post.
The Chileans were all tears when the final whistle was blown as Nigeria goes through in a dramatic fashion.
The Falcons picked the last best loser’s slot. Chile had minus 3 goal difference, with Nigeria’s minus 2 goals difference doing the magic.
Women’s World Cup group tables after Thursday’s Group E and F matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points):

Group A
France       3 3 0 0 7 1 9 – qualified
Norway       3 2 0 1 6 3 6 – qualified
Nigeria      3 1 0 2 2 4 3 – qualified
South Korea  3 0 0 3 0 8 1

Group B 
Germany      3 3 0 0 6 0 9 – qualified
Spain        3 1 1 1 3 2 4 – qualified
China        3 1 1 1 1 1 4 – qualified
South Africa 3 0 0 3 1 8 0

Group C
Italy        3 2 0 1 7  2 6 – qualified
Australia    3 2 0 1 8  5 6 – qualified
Brazil       3 2 0 1 6  3 6 – qualified
Jamaica      3 0 0 3 1 12 0

Group D 
England      3 3 0 0 5 1 9 – qualified
Japan        3 1 1 1 2 3 4 – qualified
Argentina    3 0 2 1 3 4 2
Scotland     3 0 1 2 5 7 1

Group E
Netherlands  3 3 0 0 6 2 9 – qualified
Canada       3 2 0 1 4 2 6 – qualified
Cameroon     3 1 0 2 3 5 3 – qualified
New Zealand  3 0 0 3 1 5 0

Group F
USA          3 3 0 0 18  0 9 – qualified
Sweden       3 2 0 1  7  3 6 – qualified
Chile        3 1 0 2  2  5 3
Thailand     3 0 0 3  1 20 0

(AFP)

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